Happy new year! Reflecting on 2019 and hopes for 2020

It’s only the 10th of Jan but Christmas feels like a lifetime ago. We had the most wonderful time,  it was the first year both boys were really excited about it. Wonderful memories were made…. S stealing the show at his first Christmas concert while W behaved impeccably as an elf….. Santa and his elves driving round the village in their sleigh on Christmas Eve…. Christmas day being full of ‘wow’s’ and ‘whoa’ as the presents got opened – W loved all his lego and Harry Potter themed gifts, S loved his wooden ice lollies, ice cream van, tesco van… you get the idea!

With a house full of lurgies, we had quite a lazy time but we did venture out ice skating, a walk on Barry Island beach and a trip to one of our favourite places locally – Dyffryn Gardens.

And like that, it was back to work…..

Reflecting on 2019

A year ago I wrote about my aims for 2019. In a nutshell:

  • I did rebuild my confidence at work – I got a new job and promotion!
  • I did get a bit fitter – I started doing yoga again and started doing the Couch 2 5k running app (11 months later I’ve nearly finished – it’s supposed to take 10 weeks lol!)
  • We travelled well – we had family holidays to the Netherlands, and Butlins; a caravan weekend in Pendine and our first weekend glamping (in a treehouse). Me and the OH had a weekend in San Sebastian, and London, and I had a girly weekend in lovely Lagos in Portugal. I still haven’t made it up the Garth mountain as I intended to!
  • I saved a bit of money by taking breakfast into work and not buying coffee every day – this year I plan to also start taking lunch in. I didn’t do anything about opening a savings account, or changing utility suppliers so need to sort those in 2020
  • I didn’t really get into supplements, and we cut down a bit on meat but we definitely intend to eat healthier in 2020
  • We made our house a home by finally putting photos on the walls! We got some of the garden done, but the bulk of it needs doing this year. I still have 4-5 years worth of photos to put in albums!

W and S in 2019

The boys both had a good year – W continued to do well in school – now in Year 1, with a good group of friends, for him 2019 was all about football and then Harry Potter. He also loves drawing pictures and still loves colouring in. He can swim 5 metres unainded 🙂 As summer turned to autumn and then winter, he continued to wear shorts to school most days! He’s definitely growing up – the last few weeks I’m no longer allowed to kiss him!

S started school nursery in September. Despite being challenging at times at home, he’s one of the quiet ones in school – probably as he’s one of the youngest and smallest. He’s settled in well but we don’t hear much about what goes on or what he gets up to! He did really well with potty training before school started, and transitioned to a big boy bed… although did spend most of the year sleeping in our bed! He’s finally started entertaining himself in terms of playing with things like trains. He’s always had a good ear for music so he goes to a ‘fun with music’ class every week.

Most of the time they are best of friends – like whirlwinds around the house, dressing up, filling ‘shopping bags’ with their toys, lots of roleplay from everything from Santa to policemen!

Aims for 2020

Well I turn 40 in August so I’d like some fun celebrations with family and friends. I feel like overall 2019 was a good year for me so I want to just grow on that by:

  • maintaining a good work/life balance
  • spending all our disposable income and spare time on holidays 🙂 first ones already booked – a week in Lanzarote, and a weekend in Copenhagen
  • continuing to get fitter – more running and yoga, and hopefully some weights/cardio too
  • overall just always trying to be a better person – kinder, more generous, more patient

How’s the blog doing?

I always like looking back at the blog but since last year it’s continued to decline in terms of visit numbers and the amount of posts (only 8, down from it’s peak of 62!) It doesn’t really bother me – I could blog a hell of a lot more including updates on the boys, reviews of local places but I feel like my spare time is already so limited! I still like having this little corner of the web for me – so I’ll keep it ticking over for a while yet 🙂

#5 – Another new entry into the top 5 – how to get a 6 month old baby to sleep through – this one does well on Pinterest

#4 – Baby-chairs – Bumbo vs Snug – another one that’s still doing well since 2014!

#3 – a new entry into annual Top 5 – Center Parcs vs Bluestone

#2 – 9 charities to donate baby clothes to in Cardiff – delighted this one’s still doing well from 2016 and helping some local charities!

#1 – ultimate holidaying guide for a 1 year old. This is a couple of years old but still gets visits via google every single day!

Thanks to all my regular readers for sticking with me – I’ll try and do better in 2020! Happy new year all x

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